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Facebook Is ‘Rapidly Expanding Its Blockchain Division’: Should We Expect Big Things?



Something is apparently happening in Facebook’s cryptocurrency division. According to some sources, the leading social media giant is preparing something new in its crypto division.

As Business Insider first reported, Facebook’s blockchain research group recently met with Stellar to discuss the social media conglomerate and how it could leverage the distributed ledger technology (DLT) as it explores building out an entire payments network.

According to unnamed sources, Facebook and Stellar have discussed forking the public Stellar blockchain – just like the chat app Kik did after it decided to create its own independent blockchain for the Kin cryptocurrency.

BI also reported that Facebook has been rapidly expanding its blockchain division and meeting with other (unnamed) cryptocurrency projects. A job posting published by a startup said that they are“a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale and improve the lives of billions of people around the world.”

David Marcus, which is a Facebook vice president and former head of its Messenger division, recently stepped down from his post on Coinbase’s board of directors (a role that he took last December). Marcus apparently left his role in Messenger to lead the blockchain division at the company, as the first reports by CoinDesk noted.

One Coinbase spokesperson told the publication that Marcus stepped down to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, which led to a speculation that Facebook is preparing to make a major announcement regarding its cryptocurrency plans.

Meanwhile, it is no secret that cryptocurrencies are in the focus of the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. As he said earlier this year, one of his personal challenges for 2018 was to learn more about technologies like encryption and cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin Drops 11% In 24 Hours, Sinking To A New Yearly Low

In the latest Bitcoin news, we have a new bloodbath on the market which led the price of Bitcoin, the most dominant cryptocurrency, to below $6,000 and to the lowest price it has ever seen this year. The yearly low was $5,280, after which the Bitcoin price managed to correct. However, the BTC/USD index managed to fall more than 12% ahead of the US trading session and is now trading at $5,647. It seems like the pair was trading comfortably inside a narrow trading range since September this year, leading many to believe that Bitcoin had established a bottom around $6,000. However, the latest selling action showed the very opposite. In the crash, the market lost more than $26 billion and digital assets managed to drop by additional 15% to 20%, led by the downward trend set by Bitcoin. The flash-crash, as the analysts label it, managed to change the dynamics and technical indicators of Bitcoin. According to some fresh analysis, Bitcoin has a potential to fall to as low as $4,500 before it attempts a brief rebound towards the upper trend line of the wedge formation. What's safe to say is that the BTC/USD pair has established a new yearly low which serves a decent interim support level. In case Bitcoin breaks above the $5,650 resistance level, a long position towards $5,750 looks achievable. Nonetheless, a breakdown action is definitely possible at this moment - and no one knows how far this downtrend can go.
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Crypto Market Suffers From A New $26 Billion Wipeout

In the latest cryptocurrency news, we have a new wipeout that has the crypto market suffering - and being one of the most intense daily sell-offs in all of 2018, where the market lost more than $26 billion in one single day. The price of Bitcoin, which demonstrated a high level of stability over the past 3 months, recorded a 11% drop within 12 hours, which was a decline that brought down many other altcoins and digital assets, triggering downward movements in the entire market. One of them was Bitcoin Cash (BCH) which suffered most yesterday, falling by more than 19% and losing about a fifth of its value. Over the past week, this altcoin has managed to drop by over 50% and lose half of its value against the US dollar and 40% of its value against BTC. The intensity of yesterday's selloff reached a point in which Bitcoin saw its trading volume doubling from $4 billion to $8.1 billion. Even though the volume rarely surpassed the $4 billion margin over the past few months, it now demonstrated a high trading activity because of the selloff. One respected crypto trader and analyst going by the handle DonAlt commented on the latest drop, stating: The price trend of Bitcoin has played out similarly to the trend that DonAlt laid out and small market cryptocurrencies managed to suffer against both Bitcoin and the US dollar. Throughout the first two quarters of 2018, however, tokens and small market cap assets recorded losses from 40% to 80% against Bitcoin. The recent losses of 15% to 20% managed to bring their total yearly losses to around 95% percent. Bitcoin is now trading at $5,645 - and analysts believe that a quick rally to $6,000 could recover it from this situation.
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New $3 Billion Wipeout: Altcoins Start The Week Poorly

Over the past 24 hours, the cryptocurrency market lost more than $3 billion - going from $212 billion to $209 billion in less than one day. Major altcoins such as Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA) were in the focus of the crypto news, falling from 3% to 6% accordingly. On top of this, Stellar and Cardano were among the three cryptocurrencies alongside Zcash that are expected to be integrated into Coinbase, which is the fourth largest fiat-to-crypto exchange behind Bitfinex, Bithumb and Upbit. Before the listing, there were some tokens such as Basic Attention Token (BAT) and 0x (ZRX) which surged in the range of 100 to 120 percent, doubling their prices. However, they also managed to record large losses afterwards. BAT, for example, saw a drop of more than 36%, going from $0.36 to $0.24. Stellar, Cardano and Zcash all experienced major rallies following their Coinbase listing - which is why investors would likely see a drop in value to come in the next weeks to come. As technical analysts explain, there are different technical indicators that demonstrate a lack of momentum for both Bitcoin and the rest of the market. The volume of Bitcoin, on the other hand, is still up from $3 billion to $4.4 billion from late October, while the daily trading volume of the crypto market is up around 30% from $10 billion to $13 billion.
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Bitcoin Falls To $6,300, Recording Two Sell Candles On Its Daily Chart

The price of Bitcoin is in the digital currency news again, this time for bleeding and falling to the $6,300 margin - after many expected a new bullish run. Over the past 24 hours, the most dominant cryptocurrency suffered from two consecutive sell candles on the daily chart. Even though the daily trading volume of BTC still remains above the $4.4 billion mark and is up more than 46% from earlier this month, Bitcoin is really struggling to sustain momentum and break through the $6,500 price margin. It has been in the mid-$6,000 region for quite some time now. In the short term, analysts expect Bitcoin to retest the $6,200 region or bounce above the $6,450. However, a major breakout to $7,000 within the next days is still not expected mostly because of the stability in the crypto market. As the popular analyst and managing partner at UTR named Thies wrote: Bitcoin has been bleed out out from the $6,500 mark since November 8th. Throughout the past three months (since August 9th), it has demonstrated stability in the mid-$6,000 region but in the past two weeks has tried to retest the support levels below the $6,300 mark several times due to the high sell pressure. As one technical analyst explained, even the low market cap altcoins started showing a lack of correlation with Bitcoin, mostly because of the poor market conditions. He wrote:
“High cap alternative cryptocurrencies starting to look bearish and not enough low caps are decoupling with BTC. This is by no means an ‘alt season.’ Better setups will likely come on 90% of alts out there, don’t rush into trades right now.”
If Bitcoin drops below the $6,300 mark and makes its way to $6,100, tokens are also expected to suffer from a downward trend, especially in a period in which the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and projects considered as security offerings. Currently, Bitcoin is trading at $6,351.
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